CIS to hold panel discussion on immigrant impact on health care

Calling it the “Elephant in the Living Room,” the Center for Immigration Studies is holding this panel discussion next Wednesday, August 19th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

I knew that there was lots of controversy swirling around the issue of illegal immigrants and health care reform, but I had no idea the numbers of all immigrants, legal and illegal, who would need medical coverage if the Obama plan becomes law is so large.

WASHINGTON (August 10, 2009) – One out of three people in the U.S. without health insurance is an immigrant (legal or illegal) or the U.S.-born child (under 18) of an immigrant. Immigrants and their children also account for one-fourth of those on Medicaid. While there has been some discussion of whether illegal immigrants should be covered by proposed government insurance plans, the enormous impact of immigration, both legal and illegal, on the health care system has generally not been acknowledged in the current debate.

Looks like the discussion is open to the public, for more information go here.

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